Beaconsfield Town 2 Hanwell Town 0
Cold away loss
Holloways Park has not been a favourite destination for the ‘Toon’ in recent years. Not only do the hosts usually come out on top on the field, but the visiting supporters always seem to suffer particularly inclement weather. This year did not buck the trend! While the team lost out to an inspired five-minute spell by the Rams in the second half, those in the stand and on the terraces were subjected to the usual bitter ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ wind. The welcoming, but well wrapped up, Beaconsfield committee members informed us that the ground is subject to adverse weather owing to its elevated position.
For most of this game honours were even with neither side able to turn good possession and position into clear-cut chances. However, the Rams were given a golden opportunity to go ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute. The visiting supporters were applauding a timely tackle and clearance by Calum Duffy when the referee blew for the spot kick. Justice prevailed though, with debutant ‘keeper Sam Bunting making a fine save, from which the rebound was hit wide.
In the following period, the ball spent a lot of time in the midfield area but Hanwell looked the more likely team to go ahead. New signing Alfie Cain was combining well with Callum Wright and Glen Yala but there was never anyone on the end of the final pass or cross. With half of the half completed a free kick from Joe Chandiram was headed out only as far as Olly Duffy but, with the Hanwell supporters getting hopeful, his well-controlled volley did not trouble Jamie Norris in the home goal. Ten minutes later Norris saved well from Glen after he had played a nice one-two with Callum. Up the other end, Daniel Brown was looking lively and he should have done better in the thirty-fifth minute, blazing the ball over the bar when well-placed to score. The remainder of the half was rather scrappy and did not produce a single incident worthy of notation.
The second half began quietly but exploded into life just after the fifty-minute mark. A mistake by the otherwise reliable Nick Turner saw Goldy Capela race clear but just as he pulled back his boot to score Sam threw himself at his feet and finger-tipped the ball away. The follow-up shot seemed destined for the back of the net but was cleared by Joe for a corner. The relief, however, was short-lived as Brown headed the ensuing corner into the Hanwell net. With the plaintive, singular cry of ‘Come on Hanwell’ echoing from behind the Hanwell goal it was the home team who ‘came on’ again, almost immediately! A long ball reached Scott Cousins on the left, from whence he cut in to drive the ball into the net. Two down almost became three in five minutes but Olly was on hand to block another goal-bound shot.
To their credit, Hanwell rode out the storm and strove to get back into the game and a trademark Charlie Mitchell in-swinging corner went close to reducing the arrears but was clipped over the bar. From the other side, Callum’s in-swinger was also headed just over. At the other end Sam made another good save, from Brown this time, and Olly was playing a skipper’s role to thwart the Rams lively strikers. The final quarter of the match saw Hanwell having slightly the better of things as they kept on trying to pull a goal back but despite some good work in mid-field they did not seriously trouble Norris again. The visiting supporters did get excited once when Alfie won the ball in midfield and set Charlie away, but the latter’s low cross was diverted for a corner as Glen closed in. It was not to be Hanwell’s day!
TEAM: 1.Sam Bunting 2.Calum Duffy 3.Joe Chandiram 4.Oliver Duffy © 5.Nick Turner 6.Peter Dean (15.Georges Ehui 59) 7.Glen Yala 8.Alfie Cain 9.David Sangola (12.Jesse Kewley-Graham 59) 10.Callum Wright 11.Charlie Mitchell. Unused substitutes: 14.Ruddock Yala 16.Daniel Pritchard 17.Ricky Pither.